• What to Expect During Microneedling Treatment

    Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment used to diminish the appearance of scarring, wrinkles, and other facial flaws. It uses tiny needles to prick the skin. This prompts the body to produce more collagen tissue, thus helping to rejuvenate your skin’s appearance. 

    The first step after you arrive at your dermatologist’s office will be to cleanse your skin, removing any makeup, oil, and debris. Next, a topical numbing treatment will be applied to the skin, which will reduce any feelings of discomfort during the procedure. Once the numbing treatment has taken effect, a dermaroller will be used to gently pierce the skin. Immediately after the procedure, your skin may appear red, and you should avoid wearing makeup to allow your skin time to heal. 

    If you’re in need of a capable and caring dermatologist in Salt Lake City, it’s time to consult the experts at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. You can schedule an appointment at our office to discuss your skin care treatment plan by calling (801) 266-8841 

  • When Should You See a Dermatologist for a Skin Breakout?

    The term “skin breakout” usually brings to mind thoughts of acne. But there are plenty of other skin conditions that can cause the skin to break out in unsightly blemishes, and some of them can be serious medical issues. If you’ve noticed any unusual symptoms, consider talking to a dermatologist. 

    Folliculitis 

    Folliculitis can mimic the appearance of an acne breakout. Initially, it may take on the appearance of small, red bumps or whiteheads. But folliculitis isn’t acne. It’s a bacterial or fungal infection of the hair follicles. Those small bumps can turn into crusty sores that refuse to heal. Patients with folliculitis often experience itching, skin tenderness, and painful burning sensations. While folliculitis often clears up with basic skin care, it’s possible for it to cause permanent scarring and hyperpigmentation. A dermatologist may prescribe antibiotics or anti-fungal medications to clear up the infection. 

    Cellulitis 

    Cellulitis is a bacterial infection that can become life-threatening if left untreated. While it can occur anywhere, cellulitis most often affects the skin on the lower legs and feet. It can cause the following symptoms: 

    • An expanding area of reddened skin that looks like a rash 
    • Pain, swelling, and warmth 
    • Fever 
    • Blisters and red spots 

    Without treatment, it’s possible for the bacterial infection to spread to the lymph nodes and bloodstream, where it can become life-threatening. Seek care immediately. 

    Boils 

    A boil is a large, painful bump on the skin. As the boil fills with pus, it grows larger and more painful. Eventually, it will rupture and the pus will drain away. Boils often appear on the armpits, buttocks, thighs, face, and neck—places where friction and sweat most frequently affect the skin. It’s uncommon, but possible for the bacteria in a boil to enter the bloodstream. Complications can include sepsis, endocarditis, and osteomyelitis. A dermatologist can treat boils by lancing and draining them. Antibiotics may be necessary. 

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we provide comprehensive evaluations and effective treatments for cosmetic and medical skin issues. If you’re troubled by unusual symptoms or other skin issues in Salt Lake City, call our office at (801) 266-8841 and request our next available appointment. We look forward to helping you enjoy your healthy, beautiful skin once again. 

  • Recognizing the Dangers of At-Home Chemical Peels

    Dermatologists often recommend chemical peels to people who are troubled by skin issues like areas of hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and wrinkles. When administered by a doctor, chemical peels are safe and effective. But unfortunately, some people try to cut corners by doing chemical peels at home.  

    If you order a chemical peel product online, it’s possible that the product contains extremely high levels of acid. The acid burns away the tissues. In an unregulated environment, it’s possible for these strong chemical peels to result in scarring, undesirable changes in skin color, and infections. It’s even possible for a deep chemical peel that uses carbolic acid to cause heart, kidney, or liver damage. Your health should be your top priority. If you’re interested in having a chemical peel, you should plan on consulting a dermatologist. 

    You can get safe, effective chemical peels in Salt Lake City at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call (801) 266-8841 to request an appointment with one of our experienced dermatologists.

  • Ingredients to Avoid in Your Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

    There are dozens upon dozens of anti-aging skin care products to choose from, and it’s often difficult to determine the right product for your skin type. When making your decision, it’s best to ignore any fancy packaging and instead focus on the ingredients list. Dermatologists recommend avoiding certain ingredients, such as sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens. 

    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 

    Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant found in many personal care and beauty products, including anti-aging facial cleansers and foundations. Sodium lauryl sulfate is considered safe by the U.S. FDA, as long as it’s used briefly and then rinsed from the skin. But what about beauty products intended to stay on the skin, like foundation? Skin irritation is one possible side effect of prolonged exposure to this chemical. It’s also thought to be linked to acne, especially cystic acne.  

    Parabens 

    Parabens are a preservative commonly used in beauty products such as moisturizers and makeup. Some studies link exposure to parabens to an increased risk of breast cancer and skin cancer, although the FDA has not ruled that parabens are harmful. The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products state that certain parabens may adversely affect the endocrine system, and increase the risk of reproductive and developmental disorders. Because of these risks, some dermatologists recommend looking for paraben-free anti-aging skin care products. 

    Unspecified Fragrances 

    Fragrances aren’t automatically harmful to you or your skin. However, dermatologists recommend avoiding products with them because fragrances are considered to be a trade secret. This means that anti-aging product companies don’t need to disclose the exact components of a fragrance. It’s possible that those unspecified ingredients may be harmful for you or your skin. In some cases, unspecified ingredients may even cause an allergic reaction. 

    Get skin care products you can trust at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our dermatologist-recommended anti-aging skin care products are available in Salt Lake City. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a skin evaluation and personalized recommendations, you can call our office at (801) 266-8841. 

  • Is a Jessner’s Solution Peel Right for You?

    If you are considering a chemical peel, you’ll need to think about what type of peel is right for your skin type and the issues you want to address. The depth of the peel will influence the healing time and potential side effects of the procedure, and with the Jessner’s solution peel, you should not expect a light peel.  

    The Jessner’s peel is not a lunchtime procedure, because it removes several of the top layers of skin. As a result of this depth, the peel is able to address a wide range of skin discoloration and scarring, including dark patches, age spots, melasma, fine lines, and acne scars.  

    The best way to determine if any chemical peel is right for you is by talking to your dermatologist, who can offer a personalized recommendation based on your needs. For chemical peels, anti-aging care, and a full range of clinical dermatology services in Salt Lake City, call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology for a consultation. You can reach our office at (801) 266-884.  

  • Post-Chemical Peel Skincare Tips

    A chemical peel can revitalize your skin, repair damage, and even help reverse some common signs of aging. However, chemical peels do require a period of recovery, during which you might experience some itching, redness, and discomfort. Your dermatologist will discuss these effects with you and help you decide whether the recovery is worth the benefits of treatment. If you do decide that a chemical peel is the right treatment for your skin, follow these tips for taking care of your face after you have had the peel.  

    Stay out of the sun.  

    Winter is a great time to schedule a chemical peel because sun exposure is especially harmful to your skin after the peel has taken place. A chemical peel removes the outermost layers of your skin, so the layers left behind are more susceptible to UV damage. Even in the winter time, when you do go outside you should use a sunscreen designed for sensitive skin along with protective clothing on your face and neck.  

    Keep your skin moisturized. 

    Because the peel will eliminate the protective barrier from your skin, you’ll need to apply more moisturizer than you might otherwise. Choose a medium-thick moisturizer to apply in the morning and in the evening and be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin supple and soft.  

    Go light on exfoliation.  

    Depending on the depth of your peel, you may not need to exfoliate your skin for a few days or a few weeks. Further exfoliation can irritate your healing skin, so avoid abrasive cleansers, brushes, and scrubs.  

    Stick to light activity.  

    Sweat and increased blood circulation can amplify itching, redness, and irritation in the face, so avoid heavy workouts just after a chemical peel.  

    For exceptional skincare that is customized to your needs, contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our dermatologists in Salt Lake City offer care from two state-of-the-art offices providing anti-aging care, acne treatment, and skincare products for your at-home routine.   

  • Factors that Contribute to Premature Aging

    Though genetics have a role to play in the aging process, there is a long list of controllable factors that contribute to common signs of aging like wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. That’s why your dermatologist may talk to you about many of your daily habits if you are concerned about early signs of aging, so you can design a skincare routine and lifestyle that will promote healthier, younger-looking skin. If you want to keep the world guessing about your age, read on to get to know what contributes to premature aging.  

    Sun Exposure 

    People who live in sunnier climates tend to look older than they are. That’s no coincidence. The sun’s harsh UV rays can actively damage the skin, increasing the risk not only for skin cancer but also for wrinkles and other visible signs of age. To combat the sun’s effects, you should apply sunscreen daily on your face, hands, and other often exposed areas.  

    Cigarette and Alcohol Consumption  

    Cigarettes and alcohol both take a toll on skin. The occasional drink won’t do much damage, but regularly consuming alcohol is likely to dry out the skin and promote damage. Cigarettes (and all forms of nicotine) tend to accelerate age-related degeneration and cause a dull, uneven complexion. Smoking cigarettes is also a common cause of wrinkles around the mouth and lower face.  

    Improper Skincare  

    When it comes to skincare, you shouldn’t skimp on the products you choose, and you should always be gentle on your skin. Irritation increases the prominence of common signs of aging, so stick to gentle cleansers and light exfoliants that are recommended by your dermatologist.  

    Providing your skin with dedicated, specialized care can also help to fight the battle against aging. Find your dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at (801) 266-8841.  

  • How Common is Adult Acne?

    Adult acne is quite common, and it’s a major reason for visits to the dermatology office. This skin problem is particularly prevalent among women. This is due to the hormonal fluctuations women go through. Hormonal imbalances caused by pregnancy, peri-menopause, menopause, and birth control pills can all trigger a breakout. Many women also tend to get breakouts around the time of their periods. 

    Another reason why more women than men seek acne treatment is because women tend to use more hair and skin care products, including makeup. Dermatologists recommend looking for products that won’t clog pores. These are often labeled “non-comedogenic.” Other possible causes of adult acne include stress (due to hormone fluctuations), medications, and underlying medical conditions. 

    Men and women can find effective acne treatments in Salt Lake City at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our dermatologists provide guidance on skin care routines and products and perform professional-grade acne and acne scar treatments. Call (801) 266-8841. 

  • Bad Habits That Cause Wrinkles

    What does your skin say about your age? If you’re guilty of engaging in the bad habits discussed in the featured video, then you might start looking older than you really are. Wrinkles are inevitable, but your lifestyle choices, skin care routine, and habits can either accelerate or delay their formation. 

    Dermatologists note that one of the most impactful bad habits that accelerates wrinkle formation is neglecting to apply sunscreen every day. Not wearing sunglasses can also encourage wrinkle formation, since constant squinting can damage the skin elasticity around the eyes. In this video, you’ll learn about the effects of sleeping habits, sugar intake, and facial expressions on wrinkle development. 

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City offers safe and effective solutions for wrinkles, including Botox and dermal fillers. Call (801) 266-8841 to request a consult with a dermatologist today. 

  • Protecting Your Skin from Winter Damage

    In the wintertime, it’s common for skin to suffer, especially in frequently exposed areas like the face and hands. As this video explains, the hands may become cracked and cut due to dryness, which makes them more susceptible to infections and irritation. Applying a thick moisturizer several times daily—once every few hours—can help keep the hands from winter damage.  

    If your skincare routine needs a winter boost or you are experiencing skin irritation from seasonal dryness, call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology for an appointment. Our Salt Lake City area offices can provide you with care for breakouts, eczema, and all other types of winter irritation. To get started, call us today at (801) 266-8841.